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Ford Mustang GT gets the royal treatment

Petty’s Garage rolls out King editions ahead of SEMA

Published: October 24, 2015, 5:00 AM
Updated: October 27, 2015, 9:43 PM

Petty's Garage King Premier Ford Mustang GT convertible

NASCAR legend Richard Petty is again setting his sights on Mustang as his customization shop rolls out three new highly-modified Mustang GTs ahead of the 2015 SEMA aftermarket show in Las Vegas.

Petty’s Garage, the King’s high-performance speed shop founded in 2008 on the North Carolina site that was once the head office for Petty’s racing operations, will build a limited number of Mustang GT coupe and convertibles – 243 King edition coupes, 43 King Premier coupes and 14 King Premier convertibles.

“I’ve always liked the look of the Mustang, and the 2016 model gives us a great base car to work with,” said Richard Petty. “These new King edition Mustangs are pretty much the way I’d build my own. They are great fun to drive, and have a signature single exhaust.”

The models stand out in glossy black paint (trimmed in Petty’s STP signature powder blue stripes with red accents on the Premier models), and include custom rear diffuser with Richard Petty-designed center-mounted single exhaust, and a rear spoiler. The inside is highlighted by unique shift knob, sill plates, floor mats and embroidered head restraints on the front seats. A special dash plate is individually signed by The King himself.

The King Premier editions feature crushed and tumbled glass clear coat over the coloured bits (Petty’s Garage/BASF stripes and powder blue lower body cladding), unique custom black matte HRE/Petty’s Garage wheels (20x9-inch wheels in the front, 20x10s in the rear), and a big brake upgrade that includes six-piston front callipers (four-pistons in rear) on two-piece rotors. The interior also gets upgraded to custom leather.

Available options include different wheel bushings to minimize wheel hop, a racing suspension with coils over shocks, and a supercharger upgrade to push horsepower to 727 through the use of a smaller supercharger pulley.

At the heart of all the King edition models is the Mustang’s iconic 5.0-litre V8 that gets a supercharger boost to 670 hp (an increase of 235) and modifications in the form of engine calibration, and a cold air intake for better breathing. At the other end, a MagnaFlow exhaust aids engine performance, as do TrakPak Ford Performance halfshafts and a rear axle upgrade.

It’s all covered by a three-year, 36,000 mile warranty, and the cars can be ordered through Ford dealerships with prices starting at $67,495 (U.S.) for the King edition and $90,495 for King Premier.

The limited editions ride on custom black matte HRE/Petty’s Garage 20x9-inch wheels in the front and 20x10s in the rear, shod with Continental Extreme Performance tires. Mustang ride and handling is enhanced by three-way adjustable front and rear sway bars.

“We’re looking forward to having an even bigger footprint in more locations this year,” concluded Jeff Whaley, chief operating officer at Petty’s Garage. “This is such a good opportunity for enthusiasts to own a serialized limited-production Petty Mustang GT.”